Earlier this week , the whole family went to our local zoo. It's been a nice week b/c the hubby has been home w/ us all week on vacation! We actually made it more of a stay-cation but, w/e it's been awesome! I'm so torn about the zoo though! I love it on one hand b/c it's so amazing to be able to see all of the animals up close & it's a great educational tool to teach our daughter about all the animals that she loves so much. I can also appreciate that they do help w/ animal breeding programs to help threatened species rebuild their populations. I also know that many folks learn a great deal about our world & hopefully leave w/ a new respect & love for this planet by visiting the zoo.. Alas, the animal rights side of me disdains the zoo! I can't help but feel badly for the animals in their cramped quarters, & unable to roam freely in their natural world! Perhaps it's b/c we always go on a hot day, but the animals often look miserable & uncomfortable. It breaks my heart in a million different ways. My husband calls me a bleeding heart...a lot, probably for reasons like this. I hope to teach my little one more about animal rights when she is old enough but, I guess for her to understand those animals we may have to visit the zoo..sometimes..
How do you feel about the zoo? Am I the only one w/ these mixed feelings?
& more about the good times we had a the zoo & lots more pics soon to follow